Boyhood Celt & Man Utd Star ‘Would Have Been More Likely To Sign For Rangers Than Celtic’

Darren Fletcher is a renowned Celtic fan, who grew up in Dalkeith. He attended local Catholic schools in his hometown and joined Celtic Boys Club, before he was scouted by Manchester United and moved to Old Trafford at the age of 11. By the age of 15, he signed professional forms with the Red Devils, having almost joined Newcastle after being advised that it’d be easier to breakthrough.

Fletcher went on to win numerous trophies at Manchester United, as well as earning several Scotland caps. He subsequently played for West Brom and Stoke, and has not officially retired yet, despite being without a club at present.

Fletcher, who has been to Celtic Park for Glasgow derby matches in recent seasons, surprised fans by telling BBC Sportsound this week, that he would have signed for Rangers if any team in Scotland.

Fletcher told the podcast:

“To tell you the truth, I grew up a Celtic fan but I probably spent more time playing with Rangers and loved being around the Rangers youth set up. More than likely if I had signed for a Scottish club I would have signed for Rangers, believe it or not. If it came to it I would say I’m a Celtic fan, I’m not hiding behind that, that’s there to be seen but at the same time I’m not everything against Rangers. Rangers doing well in Europe, I love seeing it. I loved their Europa League run this year. I’ve been in England for so long I’m probably more of a Manchester United fan than anything.”

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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